2018 - 2019 SAMPLE PROGRAMS
Longing, passion, disbelief, and the interplay of fantasy with reality - Love Letters is a concert about love, from different angles. We pair Janacek's fiery second string quartet, the namesake of the program, with Mendelssohn's own second string quartet, his tribute to a hero's passing, after setting the stage with Entr’acte, a haunting work by Caroline Shaw. Come with a curious mind, and an open heart.
PULSE: Music of the People
Folk music celebrates the rhythms, the language, and the pulse of a culture, through participation and preservation of our roots. Kontras explores how four classical composers and musicians - Golijov, Villa-Lobos, Dvorak and Visconti - have brought folk music into their own genre, a trend that goes far back in classical music history and is widely popular today.
Kontras Quartet with the kruger brothers
Composed by Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers, these spirited and achingly beautiful works for string quartet, banjo, bass, and guitar celebrate the Appalachian wilderness and the folks who live there. For more information on how to engage the Kontras Quartet and the Kruger Brothers for this program, please contact Kontras or Fleming Artists.
HISTORY OF THE STRING QUARTET
Tour three centuries of string quartet repertoire with Kontras, explore the evolution of the genre, and enjoy musical selections ranging from Telemann to television, and everything in between. Featuring music by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Stravinsky, Dan Visconti, Joe Hisaishi and more.
In addition to traditional recitals, Kontras is a strong advocate for integrating quartet performance with other art forms and musical genres. Our recent and upcoming collaborations and projects - with contemporary composers, architecture aficionados, dance companies, literature professors, jazz greats, bluegrass legends, folk musicians from around the world, and visual artists - explore music’s versatility and connection to any subject. These special performances often introduce chamber music to new audiences, many of whom go on to become new concertgoers.